I’ve spent many years researching and writing about the uses people make of plants
and what plants mean to the people who use them.

I was invited to write "The Last Word" feature for the 2023 Summer edition of Kew Magazine on the importance of engaging children with plants.

There is a summary of my work and some of the projects I’ve been involved in here

Hazel - Corylus avellana © Aaron Parker

Hazel - Corylus avellana         Photo: © Aaron Parker

Catkins, the male flowers of Corylus avellana, the common hazel, familiar hedgerow tree and trusted friend. For thousands of years the hazel has helped sustain us: its coppiced stems, which can be easily split and twisted, providing raw materials most notably for house construction, hurdles and fencing; its nutritious nuts, a staple in prehistoric times, offering a bountiful harvest and cause for local celebration in the Autumn.


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